A motorcycle group called “End of Watch: Ride to Remember” will visit cities across the country where a law officer was killed in the line of duty in 2020, and one of the cities will be El Reno in Canadian County.
Canadian County Sheriff’s Lt. Shirley Lanning died in a crash last year. Her unmarked patrol car collided with another vehicle along Northwest Expressway on Friday, February 14, killing her and injuring a Piedmont couple, an Oklahoma City police report states.
There are six End of Watch riders who are planning to travel 22,300 miles across the country to visit cities and police departments to honor the men and women who “paid the ultimate price in their service to communities in 2020.”
“Not only do they honor the fallen, but they also honor the families, husbands and wives, sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, along with the officers left behind to pick up the pieces,” states an End of Watch news release.
The group is based in Washington State. And they travel with a 41-foot trailer that has displays that honor the fallen officers from the prior year. Spokesman and founder, Jagrut Shah, a former deputy sheriff, said “I want to bridge this gap that we have and bring back to the department and let the officers and their families know that their loss has not been forgotten.”
Canadian County Sheriff’s Lt. Mike Grimes said the group will arrive at the El Reno office of the sheriff at 2:30 p.m on Friday, June 25. Members of Lanning’s family are expected to attend.
Lanning was driving west on Northwest Expressway, just east of Sara Road about 9:20 a.m., when the unmarked patrol car crossed the median. Driving an SUV east was Michael Cline, 41, with passenger Kimberly Cline, 37, both of Piedmont. Michael Cline could not swerve out of the way of Lanning’s vehicle because of traffic at the time.
The Clines suffered minor injuries and were treated and released from a hospital. Lanning was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Lanning, 58, became a Canadian County Sheriff’s deputy in 2014. She worked for the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s office U.S. Marshal’s office and University of Central Oklahoma.
Oklahoma legislators honored Lanning in a ceremony in June 2020. A proclamation was presented at a weekly Canadian County Commissioners’ meeting to recognize the dedication and service of Lanning.
“Shirley was loved by all of us,” Canadian County Sheriff Chris West said before the official citation was read aloud last year. “She had a lot of spunk in her and she was quite the character. She was very dedicated to working for the county.
“She was very serious about her job and I didn’t know anybody who ever really had anything bad to say about her. She was a pure joy. I knew her for about 30 years.”
West first met Lanning while he worked at the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and she worked in the jail for the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office.
“We were thrilled to have her,” said West, who is finishing his first term as Canadian County sheriff. “It was a tremendous loss. Our hearts are still breaking, and our condolences go out to David.”
While with the Canadian County Sheriff’s Office, Lanning served in the investigations’ division.